Meet the Inquiring Minds Team


DK Holland

Writer, Designer, Educator, Curiosity Seeker, Humanist, Nature-Lover, and Friend.

DK visiting a kindergarten class at PS 20 in Brooklyn, NY
Together, we will save the world from utter destruction.
One child at a time.
— DK Holland, Co-founder, Inquiring Minds

Design partner: 1970-2001 The Pushpin Group; Ross, Culbert, Holland and Lavery; and Gorilla Graphics.

Writer: A dozen books and several dozen published articles on design (available upon request).

Public speaker: U.S. and internationally. 

Residencies: 1776 Brooklyn Navy Yard Campus, founding member, ongoing; TED Conferences, Spring 2016 resident -  education innovation in elementary school, TEDtalk

Teacher: Various colleges and universities in the USA and Europe including Syracuse, Pratt, SVA and University of Kansas; The Foundation Center; The Arts and Business Council; Echoing Green; IBM (Pacific Rim/Hong Kong); Universal Studios; and Hallmark Cards on subjects ranging from design, to ethics and copyright. 

Product designer: Teaching video and game on ethics “Where Do You Draw the Line?”

Civic engagement: 1983-current for 30 years; Co-founder and board member Greene Hill Food Co-op; Co founder, The Hill, the Journal of Fort Greene, Clinton Hlll and Wallabout

Board Member: Governance Matters, Green Map systems and Greene Hill Food Co-op;

Memberships: National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and NYCSS. 

Honors: A variety of communication design awards; Who’s Who of American Women since 1978; Richard Saul Wurman’s Who’s Really Who: The 1000 Most Creative Minds in America; Biography and bibliography on Wikipedia; Graphic Artists Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in Professional Practices. More about DK at dkholland.com and Wikipedia.

Mentors: Fred Friendly of the Columbia School of Journalism; Graphic designers Milton Glaser, Roger Whitehouse; and illustrator Simms Taback. 

Graduate: Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY 1970

Home: Tiny 18th century house in historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn with rescue cats Billie Holiday, Martha Graham and Frederick Douglass and Don Quixote.

Connect: DK@inquiringmindsusa.com 

Twitter: @InquiringDK


Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce

Pedagogista, Educational Leader, Researcher, Teacher, and Learner.

Patricia presenting in a 5th grade classroom.
Every moment is a teachable moment.
— Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce, Inquiring Minds' Pedagogista

Associate Dean: Lesley University Graduate School of Education. 

Consultant: The Urban Teacher Center, Baltimore and DC.

Designer: Transformative educational systems and mosaic art.

Curriculum developer: Dual language immersion thematic units, CCSS inquiry units.

Teacher: Adjunct faculty Lesley University and Catholic University; has taught almost every grade level from young children to graduate students in Boston, DC, and Paraguay, South America.

Mentor and coach: Novice teachers and developing principals.

Student: Always looking for learning opportunities; Ed.D. graduate Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at University of Pennsylvania; CAGS in education administration at Lesley University; MA in Intercultural Relations at Lesley University; BS in elementary and special education at Westfield State University; Soon hoping to learn to play the harp.

Writer: Currently writing research article on second language learning, lesson studies for early childhood guided reading, microaggressions in kindergarten, and Inquiring Minds’ book reports; Her dissertation describes using inquiry to support the development of guided reading practices; Y también Bilingual Poetry.

Director of education: Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, DC,  for 12 years. 

Some honors: The Washington Post with the Distinguished Educational Leader Award 2010; The Harvard-Smithsonian Center’s Private Universe Project Internship; Council for Basic Education and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; Vincent E. Reed Principals Leadership Award; and The Catholic University of America Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.  

Mother: Proud mom of two wonderful young ladies, Maria Paz and Teresita. They along with her “adopted” children, god children, Sammy the turtle, and Honeybun bring joy to her small bungalow in Washington, DC


Monica Snellings

Designer, Researcher, Synthesizer, Instigator, and Mom.

Monica at SVA in New York, NY.
My vision: Kids as free-thinkers,
engaged citizens of the world.
— Monica Snellings, Co-founder, Inquiring Minds

 

 

 

 

Communications lead: Education Reimagined, Convergence, Washington DC

Designer: Developed The Undereducated American with economists at Georgetown's Center for Education and the Workforce; program concepts and strategy for Go4Life, a nationwide exercise and physical activity campaign; development of multiple publications on topics from child advocacy to health literacy.

Producer: Reports, videos, visual instructional writing prompts, and other innovative materials for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation's Report Card, for the U.S. Department of Education.

Director: AARP's International policy publication, The Journal, in print and online, addressing global health and financial security issues of aging populations.

Leader: Design of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce landmark publication Tough Choices or Tough Times that proposed a new framework for American education to boost student performance and raise system efficiency.

Entrepreneur: Started 2D Designs and created a line of themed t-shirts, sweatshirts, and canvas products carried nationally at boutique gift shops, Sakowitz Department store, and the American Folk Art Museumcreated a summer Kids Camp for Capitol Hill families; created and taught an after-school art program for kids ages 8-12.

Civic engagement: With architect husband, improved each of the schools their children Fernando and Maria attended. Co-Chaired annual school auction in 2001, doubling money raised in previous years and creating a complete How-To book for succeeding chairs.

Awards: National Institutes of Health Award of Merit for outstanding service towards the mission of the National Institute on Aging; National Institutes of Health multiple plain language and clear communication awards NIH; numerous book and publication design awards.

Graduate: Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts,  New York, MFA, 2014

Maker: Prolific potter, painter, and jewelry maker.

Home: Escaped child of the Houston suburbs; Capitol Hill 1989-2012; Current: Brooklyn Heights, NY and Capital Hill, Washington DC.


Worldstudio Foundation

Worldstudio, founded by Mark Randall (pictured above) develops sustainable, socially responsible strategies that align with a business’ core goals—resulting in customized, own-able platforms that create lasting change in communities and engage key audiences in collaborative and meaningful ways.